Directors and designers working in fringe theatre are to be covered by the first agreement of its kind being drawn up specifically for creatives.
Equity is in talks with professional associations including Stage Directors UK, the Association of Lighting Designers and the Society of British Theatre Designers on the agreement.
Once a document is drawn up it will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis with individual theatres across the UK.
The agreement will cover directors and designers, with Equity aiming to launch it in early 2020.
Low pay/ no pay organiser Charlotte Bence said it had come out of a motion put forward by the union’s Directors and Designers Committee to the Annual Representative Conference earlier this year, calling for more focus on improving working conditions of theatre directors and designers working in the low paid sector.
Bence told The Stage: “With the fringe agreement for performers and stage managers, we have shifted the narrative about what good terms and conditions look like on the fringe for a particular set of workers on the fringe.
“What needs to happen now is for that work to be expanded to ensure that directors and designers are as aware of what their rights are, and how the unions and professional associations can help to enforce those rights.”
Bence added that good practice does exist on the fringe “in pockets”, but the agreement aims to standardise this.
Another open meeting with Equity and the professional associations to gather feedback for the agreement will be held at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on November 27.